SADAG Reveals Shocking Teen Suicide Statistics

MENTAL HEALTH: In South Africa, 9% of all teen deaths are caused by suicide. That’s according to The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), who began observing “Teen Suicide Prevention Week” from Sunday the 16th to the 23rd of this month.

Efforts to build understanding about why young people kill themselves is vital in preventing suicide. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”, says Roshni Parbhoo SADAG’s Development Manager, “kids need to understand there are people out there who can help”. Suicide occurs within all classes and cultures and, for prevention efforts to be most effective, both adults and the youth themselves need to learn about what leads to suicide – and how to prevent the preventable. Left undiagnosed and untreated, mental illness can be fatal, and thus needs to be addressed – urgently and with the utmost priority.

Teen suicide is becoming more common every year in South Africa and only car accidents and homicides kill more youth between the ages of 15 and 24.

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In South Africa 9% of all teen deaths are due to suicide – and this figure is on the increase. In the 15-24 age group, suicide is the second leading – and fastest growing – cause of death. Children as young as 7 have committed suicide in South Africa. Every day 22 people take their lives. Suicide is on the increase and the question is why?

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The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm.

If you are needing a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group call SADAG on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further.

Substance abuse hotline: 0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs or alternatively email Zane on



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